Silent Circle, a firm first known for developing the Blackphone, an Android smartphone that placed a focus on security and user privacy, announced the Blackphone 2 on Thursday. In tandem with that release, it also said that it’s joining Google’s Android at Work program in an effort to cater to enterprise customers who want the ultimate in Android security.
The Blackphone 2 isn’t quite an Android powerhouse — it doesn’t offer the fastest processor or the sharpest screen — but it does come with Silent OS and encrypted applications for secure voice calls, video calls, text messaging and file transfers. You’ll find an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD card support, a 13-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and support for 80.211 a/b/g/n/ac and dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz networks. It offers a nice bump from lsat year’s Blackphone, which had a smaller 4.7-inch display, 1GB of RAM, weaker cameras and a quad-core processor.
The Switzerland-based company didn’t provide pricing details, but said the Blackphone 2 will be available in September.